BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced on Thursday that head baseball coach Pete Hughes has agreed in principle to a contract extension that runs through the 2014 season.
“My wife Debby and I are unbelievably grateful to [Virginia Tech president] Dr. [Charles] Steger and [Virginia Tech athletics director] Jim Weaver for extending us the great opportunity to raise our family in such a wonderful community and athletics department,” Hughes said.
Although details for the new contract, which will tack on three more years to the two that he has remaining on his current deal, are still in the works, Hughes wanted to put to rest the rumors that he might be headed to the University of Washington. Hughes was offered the vacant head coaching position at UW and declined it, instead opting to continue building the Hokie program.
“Although I was blown away by the excitement to build an Omaha-caliber team in Seattle, I wanted to see the growth of the Hokies fully through,” Hughes said. “In the end, I loved the direction of our program at Virginia Tech and the vision of our athletics director, Jim Weaver.”
Hughes took over the Tech program following the 2006 season, a campaign that saw the Hokies win just 20 games, the lowest figure since 1974. Through his three seasons, Hughes has amassed a 78-84 record, including a 32-21 mark in 2009. The Hokies’ 2009 record accounted for Tech’s best winning percentage (.604) since 1999, when the Hokies went 42-17 (.712). The 32 wins were Tech’s highest total since winning 34 in 2003, and the 12 conference wins were the most since winning 15 that same year as a member of the BIG EAST.
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